Episode 0620 of the Simpler OneEarth Living Podcast, is a co-production of Simple Living Works! and The Common Good Podcast (OneEarth Jubilee Economics).
CoronaVirus is revealing breakdowns and lack of resilience in our food supply systems. Which links in the chain are broken? Rather than fixing them, what are new and better choices for us in how we bring food from soil to savory, healthy eating?
This is the third successive podcast episode in which cohosts Jerry Iversen and Lee Van Ham address how the global coronavirus pandemic can and is changing how humans live on the planet. When this episode was created at the end of May, over 100,000 people had died in the U.S.—a horrific, emotional and spiritual wrenching of lives, hundreds of thousands of people across the nation continue to hurt and grieve. Surely, this experience of death and suffering—the largest in our lifetimes—is releasing the commitment to new life in enough of us to take leaps in the direction of change—the changes that our planet says we must make in this decade of the 2020s. Not to do so will form calluses on our souls and the end of so much we hold dear, including life itself. All the desires we have for days past must change to desires for ways ahead.
Covid-19 abruptly stopped the fragile food supply system we’ve been depending on. At the end of May a U.S. Census survey revealed that at least 9 million U.S. households with children are “not at all confident” they’ll be able to afford food for the month ahead.
The system that’s broken down is driven by industrial agriculture, global markets, trade breakdowns and corporate control. In this episode we cite excellent sources that (1) explain the breakdown and (2) help us identify the systems we need going forward.